Thursday 28 November 2019

Benrinnes 1979 Adelphi [Road to #1000, Review #980]

Hi everyone,

The first time you step into Jack Rose in Washington DC, you feel like you just might have died and gone to heaven.
The whisky collection is stupid good, prices reasonable and great atmosphere and food.
I had a long look through their menu and chose something I thought was underpriced, an old Benrinnes from Adelphi.
Always liked the Adelphi labels and bottles for whatever reason and although they can be quite expensive compared to other indies, the quality is usually very high.

Benrinnes 1979 Adelphi 64.6%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Sharp wood and lemon, gristy malt and savoury notes of white sausage or smoked ham, a slight saltiness, green apple. Quite a natural style Benrinnes but with the meatiness I love.
Taste: Fizzy lemon and sharp wood, soft abv, malt building with sherbet, lemon meringue pie, creamy. The high alcohol isn't overwhelming at all, feels quite zingy and fresh.
Finish: Long. Lemon and green apple ending in chocolate and malt. Great finish.
Bottled a while back at 17yo. Interesting that while the abv is high, I didn’t feel like this needed water to open up, just time.

Thanks for reading!

Scotch Review #822
Whisky Network Review #980

Network Average: 75.1
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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